The Government has proposed further changes to the laws governing new offshore oil and gas drilling. These new changes could mean high risk deep sea drilling can proceed without public notification or consultation
The majority of New Zealanders are opposed to deep sea drilling, and it's their right to have a say in what happens in our oceans.
Anadarko's own spill modelling
, finally released under the official information act, backs up our own. It shows oil washing up on North Island beaches is a very real possibility if something goes wrong out there at the well they've just begun drilling.
The regulatory process that does exist is a shambles. Our recent high court challenge
revealed that the EPA did not even ask Anadarko for its oil spill plans as part of the environmental impact assessment required under the law.
Deepwater oil drilling is dangerous and poses a risk to our economy, our environment and our very way of life. And it represents an opportunity cost to the clean, smart economy in which New Zealand could be a world leader.
Deep sea drilling should be a prohibited activity but at the very least it should be notifiable and open to public consultation.
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Associated Government documents.
What’s so risky about deep sea oil (Greenpeace Briefing)
What’s wrong with deep sea oil drilling (Video)
Eyewitness account of the Deepwater Horizon aftermath